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WMRMYC Inc JL Sullivan Memorial Trophy, Manly Marina - 21st October 2018

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The J l Sullivan Trophy is a significant event on the calendar that represents WMRMYC Members who have departed for calmer seas however will not be forgotten. It was great to see a fleet of 10 skippers at Manly for the day with a promising forecast of increasing Northerly winds and of course warmer weather! We look forward to this trend continuing. The wind did swing into the east early however still took time to develop as the morning went on. It did swing more left however there where still gains to be had on either side of the course. The patchy and shifty conditions were both challenging and enjoyable and the fleet enjoyed some good racing throughout the 12 races.

Scott volunteered his services as PRO siting jetlag for his decision not to race. Welcome back Commodore Scott your services were missed. The course changed twice however there were generally three roundings of the top mark and quite long courses ensuring plenty of opportunities to makes gains, or losses. Looking at the results they were very close and no one was able to stretch their legs. Welcome to Josh who has plenty of sailing experience and has purchased a Cheinz and will be very competitive as he gets used to this mode of sailing. It wont take long either looking at his performance from the day. At the end of the day consistency paid of and it was a very surprising result with Mike with no wins but some podium places and few really deep results taking a 1 point win from Ian (who already has his name on the trophy:)), with Dale in 3rd who sailed really well all day which we hope to see more off in the weeks to come. Handicap racing is possibly an art form in itself and I am sure Peter Kampe for one with 2 early wins and plenty of speed in the light will be scratching his head. 

The last round of the winter handicap series was held within the Trophy series with newcomer Josh making the most of his entry handicap to take first place with two backmarkers Peter and Mike close behind.